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Introducing Veganism to the Great British Bake Off

This week we chat with Rav Bansal of the Great British Bake Off. He speaks of his experience of trying out veganism and how it influenced his baking.

“It was Christmas 2013 when my cousin asked me if I could ever go vegan. I had to think about it for a while, particularly about the cheese thing because one thing I can’t resist is a bit of good quality brie. But I concluded that yes, I could, I mean sure it would be difficult, but its only two weeks, how hard could it be?”

“I reluctantly started this mission on the 1st of January 2014 and to be honest I had no idea what I was doing for the first week or so. I had so many questions, for example, could I eat honey? But after the initial hesitation I got into the swing of things and I exceeded my two-week goal by approximately 5 months and 2 weeks. That’s right, I managed to stick to a strict vegan diet for 6 whole months!”
“It was during those 6 months where I discovered a whole new appreciation for food and ingredients. I particularly enjoyed ‘veganising’ my favourite bakes, which did take plenty of experimenting to get right, there were many failures along the way but when they turned out great it was hard for friends to figure out that they were actually vegan.  It was during this time when I began losing weight, I have since lost 7 stone. ”

“I am not a vegan now, but I still enjoy baking treats for my vegan friends, which they obviously appreciate.”

And finally, it was only right to ask his thoughts on the idea of a Vegan Great British Bake Off…

“I think a vegan bake off sounds like a fantastic idea.”

It’s certainly something we’d love to see. Let’s hope Rav gets back to trying the vegan lifestyle soon.